Episode 109

The British Army with General Richard Dannatt & Robert Lyman

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At the end of the First World War in 1918, the British Army had achieved victories that matched any of their predecessors from the previous two centuries, and was a highly motivated, efficient fighting machine. So why then, just over twenty years later, were they routed on battlefield in France in 1940 against their humiliated foe, the German Army. What lessons does the experience of the Army teach us today, as we face new threats, not only from Russia, but also now with terrorism.

General Lord Dannatt, former Head of the Army, and historian Robert Lyman join our editor to discuss how the Victory to Defeat happened, who were the characters involved, and what about the British Army today as Ukraine rumbles on.

General Lord Dannatt & Robert Lyman Links

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Robert Lyman on X/Twitter

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